Surgery and Same Day Surgery
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center offers a diverse range of surgical services. Specialties include: general surgery, orthopedics including total joint replacement, otolaryngology (Ears, Nose and Throat), gynecology, urology, ophthalmology, and cardiology for pacemakers and ICDs. Other services include pediatric dentistry, epidural steroid injections, and endoscopy.
The Surgery Department has four operating rooms and two endoscopy suites, which are equipped with state-of-the art technology. From computerized medical records and charting to high definition laparoscopic technology and a C-Arm for imaging during fluoroscopy, the OR is well equipped to serve the surgical needs of the community.
Many surgeries can be safely done on an outpatient basis, and the hospital’s Same Day Surgery department assists patients and families before and after their procedures. The unit offers a comfortable setting with a low nurse-to-patient ratio.
The Surgery Department team includes experienced registered nurses and surgery techs who work alongside the surgeons and nurse anesthetists. The department’s quality measures consistently rank high and demonstrate the team’s commitment to high quality patient care.
At NRMC, we want the best possible surgical outcomes for our community members. That's why the NRMC Board of Commissioners recently approved the purchase of a robotic surgery system — the daVinci Si Surgical System — which will ensure the community has access to the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery without having to leave the parish for care.
During robotic surgery, the surgeon is seated at a console where he or she can see the surgery site in real time. With the aid of 3D visualization and special tools on the robotic arms, the surgeon is able to do the surgery through just a few small incisions. This provides many advantages over traditional laparoscopic surgery techniques by providing surgeons with superior vision, enhanced dexterity, and greater precision.
With this new innovative system, surgeons can perform minimally invasive surgeries such as hysterectomies, cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal), colorectal surgery, prostatectomies and hernia repairs. The robotic arms provide better access and control which allows surgeons to have better visualization of tissue and anatomy during the surgical procedure.
The benefits for our patients are many including: smaller incisions, less pain and scarring, a reduced risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, quicker recoveries, and good outcomes
Years ago, surgery meant long periods of recuperation and a slow return to daily activities. With robotic surgery, in many cases patients are back to normal daily living in a matter of days.
Currently surgeons and members of the Operating Room staff are training on the new system, and within a few weeks, the system will be in wide use.